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The Buttonmen

A tale of Dublin’s docklands written by native Dubliner Gary Brown.


Doors Open: 19:30
Show Starts: 20:00

The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre is excited to present 'The Buttonmen' a play that has seen growing popularity and sell out success accross the country and is described as a:

‘Memorable picture of the last of the Dublin dockworkers…a poignant picture. Gary Cooke generates a superb singalong atmosphere’- Katy Hayes, Independent.


The play centres on two brothers Dessie and Gino Dunne, both dockers. Dessie the older brother is a Buttonman. The “Button” gives Dessie privileges and status over other dockers. Dessie loves the docks and the life of a docker. He connects with the history, customs and traditions of the place.

Gino the younger brother on the other hand is a non “Buttonman”. He has no real love for the life of a docker and rallies against what he sees as a degrading and uncertain way to earn a living.

Set in the early 1970’s change is coming to the docks of Dublin and lurking beneath the story of these two brothers is a dark underbelly of jealousy and addiction. As they talk and sing about their life on the docks of Dublin fear and danger are never far away.

The Buttonmen contains new songs written by Gary Brown and internationally acclaimed singer songwriter Damien Dempsey.

The play stars Gary Cooke as Dessie and Andrew Murray as Gino.


Written By: Gary Brown

Songs By: Damien Dempsey & Gary Brown

Cast: Gary Cooke & Andrew Murray

Duration:  2 acts 40 mins each with interval

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